Statement by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton

Posted on 05/02/2011

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Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and
Vice-President of the Commission, made today the following statement: “I regret the unilateral decision taken on Thursday by the Somali Transitional Federal Parliament  to extend its mandate by three years. The decision was taken hurriedly without appropriate consultations on the way forward.

This step risks weakening the credibility of the Transitional Federal Institutions, and of their leadership, in the eyes of the Somali population. I urge the TFIs to  re-engage in a broad consultation process, as it is only through such an inclusive process that there can be a sound reform agenda for the transition and beyond, and thus contribute to peace for the people of Somalia.

Progress achieved in this process will help the EU to define the scope and the extent of its support to the present and future institutional set up.

EUROPEAN UNION
Brussels, 4 February 2011
A 046/11

Source: Hiiraan online

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